In Honor Of World Aids Day: Celebrities Who Died From HIV/AIDS

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Sylvester James

Sylvester James, better known as just Sylvester, became known as the Queen of Disco after a string of hits in the 70’s. Some would describe Sylvester as a drag queen because of his androgynous appearance — a label he strongly disliked. After watching his partner pass away from an AIDS-related illness in 1987, the “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” singer refused to get tested and soon his health began to deteriorate as well. He passed away on December 16, 1988 at the age of 41.

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